Virtue is Its Own Reward
Transparency International, the Berlin-based anti-corruption
group, has unveiled its annual rankings of the world's cleanest
countries. Chile is again the least corrupt country in Latin
America. Transparency International ranks Chile as the 18th
cleanest country in the world, just after the US. Although
Chile has consistently improved over the years ? it is one of
only two in Latin America to have done so ? it has not managed
to move up the global rankings. It has placed in 18th position
two years running. Venezuela may still be one of the most
corrupt countries in Latin America, but its standing has
improved steadily over the years. Like Chile, it has reduced
corruption every year for the last three years. But it is still
ranked a lowly 65, together with Guatemala. Brazil has cleaned
up its act somewhat this year, after slipping in 2000.
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